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Youngstown Residents Push to Oust Corporations from Election Campaigns, Cap Contributions at $100

Youngstown Residents Push to Oust Corporations from Election Campaigns, Cap Contributions at $100

Youngstown Residents Push to Oust Corporations from Election Campaigns, Cap Contributions at $100 Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017, 3:00 pm | By Rural America In These Times In their seventh attempt to put an end to the environmental threats the oil and gas industry pose to their land, water and right to self-governance, a community rights group in Youngstown, Ohio, is attempting to amend their city’s charter in order to ban corporate interference in their local elections. With assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)—a non-profit, public interest law firm that provides legal services to communities facing outside threats to their local environment, local agriculture, local economy and quality of life—the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee has gathered and submitted the signatures required to get the initiative, explained below, on their November ballot. Read... read more

Corporate State Attempts to Choke Off Citizens’ Initiatives

by Tish O’Dell JANUARY 28, 2017 On December 8th, wrapped in a bill addressing foreclosures, HB 463 was adopted by legislators who see citizen initiated legislation as a threat to the interests of their corporate masters rather than as the will of the people they are duty-bound to serve. The state senate quietly and secretly added language unrelated to the subject of the foreclosure bill. The clause granted Boards of Elections and the Ohio Secretary of State the authority to block citizens’ initiatives at the local level based on their opinion of the content. Read Full Article... read more
Frackfree group to put fracking ban on Youngstown ballot again

Frackfree group to put fracking ban on Youngstown ballot again

If passed, the issue would stop hydraulic fracturing, injection wells and shale gas development in Youngstown By Dave SessPublished: June 27, 2016, 11:40 am Those behind Frackfree Mahoning Valley say they have enough signatures to get the issue back on the ballot again. If the issue passes, it would stop hydraulic fracturing, injection wells and shale gas development within city limits. See full story... read more
Petitions submitted for anti-fracking county law

Petitions submitted for anti-fracking county law

The Athens County Bill of Rights Committee submitted a proposal to turn Athens County into a charter government to the local Board of Elections Wednesday morning. Group spokesperson Dick McGinn said Wednesday the group was submitting the proposal with 2,392 signatures on 96 petitions circulated by 32 petitioners, well over the 1,500 petition signatures required. Read Full Story... read more